|Remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on Cooperation Between the UN and Regional Organizations at the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of UN Security Council|
I am very glad that you are presiding over today's meeting, and I wish to congratulate
The United Nations is the core of international collective security mechanism, and the Security Council shoulders the primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. At a time when the security interests of countries are increasingly inter-connected in the face of growing global security threats,
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recently submitted a report on cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations.
First, it is important to complement each other's efforts and enhance coordination.
Second, it is important to advance result-oriented cooperation. The United Nations may, in light of the respective strengths and features of regional organizations as well as the actual conditions, carry out cooperation with them in confidence-building measures, conflict prevention, crisis management and peacekeeping. Such cooperation should be flexible and diversified in form, and should not be confined to a particular model or mechanism. The establishment of the Peace Building Commission marks a new stage for the work of the United Nations in this field, and we support the active participation of relevant regional organizations.
Third, it is important to strengthen capacity building. Enhancing crisis response capacity at the regional level is the best way to prevent or end conflicts, and the regional organizations of developing countries are playing an increasingly important role in this respect. The United Nations should put more emphasis on its cooperation with these organizations and provide them with assistance and policy incentives in terms of institutional building, information exchange and funding.
Thank you, Madam President.